A recent study by the NYU Langone Medical Center polled 309 surgeons from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons about fat grafting. 85% of those polled stated that fat grafting enhanced their facelift procedure results. Board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Anthony J. Geroulis, who oversees Northfield-based North Shore Center for Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, would disagree.
Let’s start from the beginning. Fat grafting, also referred to as autologous fat transfer, is the injection of fat from other parts of the body (such as the thighs, buttocks or abdomen) into the face to smooth wrinkles and creases. Dr. Geroulis is a clinical professor of surgery at University of Chicago Medicine who teaches the latest surgical techniques to other surgeons. Additionally, Dr. Geroulis is an accomplished sculptor and just completed his first bronze sculpture of a head and neck of an American Indian, entitled “The Warrior.” He has been using fat grafting for 15 years of his over 30 year career and has seen amazing results. However, he doesn’t use fat grafting at the time of surgery. This is an important distinction.